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Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw

Written & Illustrated by Kaethe Zemach


Teacher and student switch roles for this exuberant lesson in drawing (and life!).

When school is hard for Dudley, he doodles.

And school is often hard. Luckily, Dudley's teacher is Ms. McCaw. She always explains things and never ever loses her patience. And she's so smart that her class thinks she knows just about everything...

...until one day she tries to draw.

"I just can't do it! I don't know how!"

The students are stunned; who can help the teacher who knows everything? Could it possibly be... Dudley?

Here's a charming story about drawing a face... and facing your fears.


"The pen and watercolor illustrations are expressive and full of energy. With only a few details, Zemach captures the feel of the classroom. A lively choice for any collection." - School Library Journal

“Zemach’s illustrations, combining ink and watercolor applied with pen and brush, are full of telling details. Dudley and his classmates seem to be about nine years old, and the text is appropriately pitched in this gently effective art lesson about learning disabilities.” - Kirkus Reviews

"Zemach writes with evenly paced, minimal words, and her clearly defined, ink-and-watercolor images fill out the story with a captivating mix of full-page artwork and small pictures in bright colors and swooping, active lines that reinforce the mood of cheerful encouragement." - Booklist


Purchase Options
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Spring 2008
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-82914-3
Price: $16.99 / $20.99 Can
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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